Online reservation added to the Quebec recreation area; commemorative funds launched in memory of the park manager

Jan. 8 – JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – After breaking park usage records again in 2021, operators of the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area revamped their website to allow customers to book their own reservations online.

And separately, this group, Summer’s Best 2 Weeks, established two funds in memory of the late Kenneth Dranzik, who managed the site from its inception through years of expansion and growth.

“Ken has dedicated his life to the Recreation Area – not only to make sure people play by the rules, but also to have their needs met when they visit,” said Jason Smith, Real Estate Manager for Summer’s Best 2 Weeks and longtime colleague of Dranzik. .

Dranzik, 54, died in November of complications from COVID-19 – a sudden loss for those who worked alongside him as well as his family, Smith said.

Smith remembered “Big Ken” as a hardworking and loyal, jack-of-all-trades “and master of many” who first became involved in church camp as a volunteer in the 1990s.

Among his family, he leaves behind a son, Ben, now a high school student. Through spotfund.com, a college fund was created last month with a goal of $ 10,000, allowing people to make tax-free contributions for future studies. As of Friday, 14 donors had already pledged more than $ 4,000 in contributions.

Separately, through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, a Memorial Scholarship was established to provide annual scholarships of $ 1,000 to a graduate of North Star High School, the family’s home neighborhood. , or Greensburg Salem High School, Dranzik’s alma mater. The fund’s target amount is $ 24,000, park officials told the Cambria Somerset Authority.

CSA President Jim Greco said, “Ken had been there at Quemahoning Family Recreation Area from day one – he was part of this place.”

The CSA owns the Quemahoning Reservoir Land which Summer’s Best 2 Weeks operates as a Quemahoning Family Recreation Area.

At the Cambria Somerset Authority’s February meeting, the board will consider making a donation to support the college fund, Greco said.

The website address for the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area will remain the same this year, but it is getting a facelift and will allow customers to book tent and motorhome pitches, as well as lodges, online in 2022.

This was a necessary decision due to the increase in use the park has seen in recent years – often blocking phone lines from the best 2 weeks of the summer and making reservations tedious.

From January 17, reservations can be finalized with a few clicks on a quefamilyrec.com.

“It will be a lot like booking a hotel or a flight,” Smith said, “and the site is much more user-friendly.”

A park map allows website visitors to choose the location of their RV, tent, or lodge location.

The telephone number for Que reservations will remain for those who are not so Internet savvy. This number is 814-233-9512.

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